IMG 6979 panel editIACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary Martin Kreutner yesterday reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to gender equality and female empowerment to help realize the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goal 5 on gender equality.

Speaking at a panel discussion on Empowering Female Leaders at the 2018 Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Vienna Conference, Mr. Kreutner highlighted an existing commitment to ensuring gender balance in IACA’s staffing and encouraging increased female participation in its programmes and trainings. Panel members shared their institutional experiences and best practices and discussed challenges, systems, and strategies for ensuring equal opportunities for women regarding leadership at all levels of decision-making.

“Gender equality is at the very centre of human rights and is also a conditio sine qua non for fair societies, peace, and prosperity,” said Mr. Kreutner. “IACA is wholeheartedly committed to helping to make equality an undisputed and undeniable everyday reality by empowering both women and men.”

The Conference, which runs from 10 – 12 January, brings together Vienna-based organizations, the diplomatic community, civil society, NGOs, academics, business leaders, and media representatives. The theme of this year’s conference is “Achieving Gender Equality and Female Empowerment: A Collaborative Vision of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.”

Mr. Kreutner is an active International Gender ChampionGender Champions Vienna photo by UNIS under the International Gender Champions Initiative, a leadership network in Geneva, New York, and Vienna of female and male decision-makers working to break down gender barriers. Under this initiative, he makes commitments to ensure gender balance (in a spectrum of minimum 45-55%) in selection and recruitment of IACA staff, encourage increased female participation in all of IACA’s programmes and trainings, and ensure that, by the end of 2018, scholarship allowances include a minimum of 45% (ideally 50%) female beneficiaries.